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Osteoporosis


What is osteoporosis?


Sometimes referred to as the "silent thief", osteoporosis is a disease characterised by the loss of bone mass and weakening of bone tissue, which can increase the risk of fractures. Bone deterioration can continue for years without noticeable symptoms, until a fracture occurs. By that time, the disease has already reached quite an advanced stage and is more difficult to treat. The most common fractures associated with osteoporosis are those of the hips, vertebrae, wrists and shoulders.


To date, no single cause of osteoporosis has been determined.


Bone is a tissue in permanent renewal thanks to the coupled functioning of two types of cells:

  • Osteoclasts destroy old bone: this is bone resorption.

  • Osteoblasts make new bone: this is bone formation.

Depending on the period of life, it is formation or destruction that will predominate.


Osteoporosis symptoms


Usually painless, osteoporosis causes fractures which cause pain depending on their location.


Fractures are the main manifestation of osteoporosis. These occur suddenly for sometimes insignificant shocks, or spontaneously (stress fractures).

A healthy diet for bones


A balanced diet is important for maintaining healthy bones and preventing osteoporosis. For a healthy diet for bones, eat and drink foods that are rich in calcium as well as vitamin D. Consume plenty of milk and milk products, mineral water rich in calcium, and fruits and vegetables.


Disclaimer


If you or any other person has any medical concern, consult with a healthcare professional. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.



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